Write a cryptic poem

This is a good one by James Tate from his book The Oblivion Ha Ha, 1967

The President Slumming

In a weird, forlorn voice

he cries: it is a mirage!

Then tosses a wreath of scorpions

to the children,

mounts his white nag

and creeps off into darkness,

smoking an orange.

Can you guess which president this is?

Now try one yourself and share. Write an obscure, abstract poem using symbolism, about someone or something that you want your reader to “get”.

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2 thoughts on “Write a cryptic poem

    1. I’m pretty sure it’s LBJ. Clues: smoking an orange (agent orange). I can see how you might of thought Roosevelt because of the horse. Good guess!

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